It suddenly dawned on me, after I shared my “Nuts About DNA” 100th square, that I haven’t told you all about my inspiration for the blanket.
Back in 2017, Esther Dijkstra from It’s all in a Nutshell Crochet, ran a Crochet Along called,
Millions of crocheters from around the world joined in and made 35 amazing squares designed by 11 talented designers, Dedri Uys, Helen Shrimpton, Polly Plum, Sigrun Hugoey, Melissa Green, Heather Gibbs, Julie Yeager, Margaret MacInnis, Susan Stevens/Mellie Blossom, Aurora Suominen, and Tatsiana Kupryianchyk.
After joining them all together we added the most beautiful textured border, designed by my favourite Overlay Crochet designer, Tatsiana from LillaBjorn Crochet.
There were three yarn kits available in colorways Nuts about the Earth, Nuts about the Sea, and Nuts about the Sky, which I believe are still available at Wool Warehouse. Or you could pick your own yarn of choice and colours, which is what I did.
The 35 squares included in the breathtaking blanket were
- Week 1 – Esme’s Winter Cottage by Dedri Uys
- Week 2 – Spiro Star by Helen Shrimpton
- Week 3 – Denna by Polly Plum
- Week 4 – Le Vesinet by Sigrun Hugoey
- Week 5 – Rachel by Melissa Green
- Week 6 – Bavarian Beauty by Heather Gibbs
- Week 7 – Fantastic by Julie Yeager
- Week 8 – Cat’s Claw my Margaret MacInnes & Tropical Delight by Susan Stevens
- Week 9 – Fall Blossom by Aurora Suominen
- Week 10 – Sweet and Fair by Julie Yeager & Moroccan Window by Heather Gibbs
- Week 11 – In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion by Margaret MacInnes
- Week 12 – Lise by Polly Plum
And of course the gorgeous Border by Tatiana Kupryjanchyk, called The Zig-Zag Blanket Border.
While you’re there have a nose around as Esther has some wonderful patterns and her site is a rife with information, tutorials and videos. You can also find Ester on, Ravelry, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and her Facebook group.
For my “Nuts About Squares” blanket, I followed the stonewashed colour placement order from the Cal, which can be found at https://itsallinanutshell.com/ and used my all time favourite yarn, Scheepjes Stonewashed in colours –
A – Crystal Quartz
B – Coral
C – Black Onyx
D – Smokey Quartz
E – Moonstone
F – Pink quartzite
I purchased my yarn from Wool Warehouse and Lusciously Loopy Yarn.
Here’s a few photos of my Nuts about Squares. You can find individual photos and information on my Ravelry .
You may have noticed that I used a different square for the 4th square.Instead of making Le Vesinet by Sigrun Hugoey,I made three, River squares by Polly Plum, as it’s one of my favourite squares and I felt that it needed to be included in my blanket. Isn’t it just lovely.
The Nuts About Squares Cal, was such an amazing experience, one where a made some inspirational friends including the lovely Lily, who made my June 2019 Crochet Crush. If you haven’t checked it out, please do it’s absolutely breathtaking. I’m hoping Lily will let me share a few more photos and information now it’s finished.🤞🏻
“Nuts About Squares” was so much fun, I wanted to do it all again.
I decided to start another as a present for my Mum, only this time it would be bigger, big enough to cover her double bed, floor to floor.
That means I have to make 144 squares, buy hundreds of skeins of yarn and pour all my love and thanks into each square.😁
But you’ll have to pop back tomorrow to find a little more information, including colours yarn and all about, square number 1 of the 144 needed to complete the blanket I’ve called,”Nuts About DNA.”
Last but not least, I would like to say a huge thank you to Esther for not only hosting a marvellous crochet along but also allowing me to share her photos with you.
Have a lovely day.
Too-da-loo for now x
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